Featured Article

OP-ED: We Orthodox Jews desperately need gay rabbis


On May 27, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that I would be ordaining a gay Orthodox rabbinical student who was denied the opportunity to receive smicha from his own Orthodox yeshiva. On May 27,  I did so, ordaining Rabbi Daniel Atwood during a ceremony attended by more...
Continue Reading ⇒

NCJW presidency goes to Susan Hess as Barbara Greenberg is honored

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) honored its outgoing president and her board on Tuesday night, May 21, at its annual Closing Event. Held at the new Filmore in the Oaks facility in City Park, members...
Continue Reading ⇒

Fire devastates Israeli community founded by Shlomo Carlebach

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel is on red alert over outbreaks of fires across the country, some on a massive scale. At least one community, founded by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, has been burned to the ground.

Fires on Thursday were out of control in the Jerusalem area, near Hebron...
Continue Reading ⇒

Al Sharpton admits to using ‘cheap’ rhetoric about Jews


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Al Sharpton appealed to Reform Jews for a united front in facing down anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bias and acknowledged his role in stoking division, recounting how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow reprimanded him for his “cheap” rhetoric.

The civil...
Continue Reading ⇒

Viorst mused about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad eighties


Judith Viorst famously chronicled childhood with a series of picture books, most notably the acclaimed “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and a pair of poetry collections, one of which is titled “Sad Underwear.”

But in recent years, Viorst has...
Continue Reading ⇒

The Great Gatesby gala for CGOP a roaring success


Congregation Gates of Prayer held its annual gala on Saturday night, May 11, with a perfectly executed theme reflective of its own name and an homage to the opulence of the Roaring Twenties. Titled “The Great Gatesby,” the affair afforded congregants an opportunity to dress in period...
Continue Reading ⇒

Golabek’s ‘Pianist of Willesden Lane’ is deeply personal journey, concert

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

Just before every performance of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” the one-woman play based on the book she wrote with Lee Cohen (“The Children of Willesden Lane”),  Mona Golabek holds onto a Magen David that hangs from her necklace. As she grasps...
Continue Reading ⇒

Dual events at JCC commemorate Israeli war victims, independence

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

In Israel, one of the most solemn days of the year is immediately followed by one of the most joyous. Yom Hazikaron, a day of remembrance for the fallen soldiers of war and civilians killed in acts of terror (the 4th of...
Continue Reading ⇒

Author Georgia Hunter highlights Yom Ha’Shoah memorial


Georgia Hunter called her maternal grandfather Papa. He and her grandmother lived only about a mile away from her childhood home in a small Massachusetts town and they saw each other all the time. Despite spending holidays, sharing family meals and going on trips together as she...
Continue Reading ⇒

Yom Hazikaron: A day to honor the memory of 23,741 of Israel’s fallen


Events to commemorate the memories of 23,741 fallen soldiers and civilians began in Israel on Tuesday evening as part of Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism.

According to the Defense Ministry’s Families and Commemoration Department, 56 casualties were added to the count this year,...
Continue Reading ⇒